(CBS News) Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee and longtime leader of Senate Republicans, has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Hospital, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday.
"He is at Walter Reed not for a checkup," Reid said on the Senate floor. "He is there because he is infirm. He is sick."
However, a Dole assistant said he checked himself in for a routine procedure and should be discharged Wednesday.
Reid spoke after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, read a letter from Dole urging passage of the Convention of Persons with Disabilities, or CPRD, which is focused on rights for the disabled. Dole, who is 89, sustained an injury in World War II that left his right arm shattered.
Dole has been battling a leg infection since 2009. No further information about his condition was immediately available.
Dole represented Kansas in the Senate from 1969 to 1996. He is a native of Russell, Kansas.
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